News Worth Noting: Conservation, industry leaders team up to restore groundwater in the Central Valley, NOAA on the California drought, CRS report on pesticide use and water quality

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchConservation, Industry Leaders Team Up to Restore Groundwater In California’s Central Valley:With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record–and as more Central Valley farms and communities turn to shrinking groundwater supplies to get by – an uncommon alliance of public, private and nonprofit leaders is offering some relief for dry years ahead. The California Department of Water Resources, Laguna Irrigation District, Kings Basin Water Authority, Coca-Cola and Sustainable Conservation are launching an effort in the heart of  California’s San Joaquin Valley to recharge dwindling groundwater reserves using floodwater when precipitation returns to the Golden State. The project involves turning 52 acres of former farmland into a giant dirt bathtub, eight feet deep with earthen sides, called a recharge basin. … ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  Conservation, Industry Leaders Team Up to Restore Groundwater In California’s Central Valley

Pages from CNAP_CAdrought_aug2014California Drought of 2014:  NOAA’s California-Nevada Climate Applications Program has produced this special issue that addresses the multiple issues of the drought, including an overview and comparison to previous droughts, why did this drought happen and would El Nino erase the drought, the role of winter storms and the role of temperature, wildfire, and drought:  Click here to download this 4-page pdf.

CongressionalResearchServiceCRS Report: ‘Pesticide Use and Water Quality – Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict?’:  “This report provides background on the emerging conflict over interpretation and implementation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). For the more than 30 years since they were enacted, there had been little apparent conflict between them. But their relationship has recently been challenged in several arenas, including the federal courts and regulatory proceedings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this report, a brief discussion of the two laws is followed by a review of the major litigation of interest. EPA’s efforts to clarify its policy in this area are discussed, including a regulation issued in 2006 that was subsequently vacated by a federal court, as well as possible options for EPA and Congress to address the issues further. … ”  Read the report courtesy of the Water Wired blog here:  CRS Report: ‘Pesticide Use and Water Quality – Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict?’


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